For the local Santa Claus Club, under the watchful guidance of organizer John Fowler, January marks the beginning of yet another year of fundraising efforts and weekly visits to neighborhood barrios to deliver much needed items to individuals of all ages. On Saturday, Jan. 17th, the annual Santa Claus Club Garage Sale will set up from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in its traditional spot near the entrance in front of Playa de Oro RV Park as it pairs up with efforts of the day’s Chili Cook-offs. Additional fundraising efforts for the Santa Claus Club include the opportunity for folk to become a member, proceeds from Over-the-Line softball tournaments three times a year in Rocky Point, proceeds from 1 Club Golf and Bathtub racing at JJ’s during the year, and both a yard sale and auction in the Fall, among other activities.
For more information on how to become a member, volunteer, or to donate, contact:
Santa Claus Club
c/o John Fowler
PO BOX 5
Lukeville, AZ 85341
Phoenix – (602) 840-1528
Rocky Point – (638) 382-5141
Website: Santa Claus Club
Photos and info: John Fowler
Christmas in the barrios was held on Dec. 22, 2014. We passed out cookies, toys and diapers to 1600+ children. This was the culmination of another record breaking year. In 2013 we broke all the records that have been kept for 31 years. 2013 supplies delivered: pounds of food 58,760*, bicycles 516*, pounds of clothes 45,940*, family food boxes 1,369* and children with school supplies and toys 6,737*.
In 2014 we set out to better our previous year’s production. We broke 4 of the 5 records set in 2013. 2014 supplies delivered: pounds of food 60,040*, bicycles 603*, pounds of clothes 42,100, family food boxes 1,501* and children with school supplies and toys 8,560*. All the above starred items are records and reset records.
We have already started delivering supplies for 2015. Our web site www.santaclausclub.org has information and pictures of our work in the barrios of Rocky Point. If you would like to join us on our weekly deliveries contact me by phone 602-840-1528 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We started the Santa Claus Club in 1983 with providing Christmas to 40 children. Each year we grew and provided Christmas on Christmas day until 2006. At that point we changed our format to a year round delivery of supplies into the barrios. This new format gives us a better understanding of the needs of the people living in the barrios. We supply food, clothes, toys, school supplies, shoes, blankets, bedding, towels, personal hygiene products, household items and diapers. We also work with the Penasco Fire Dept., Red Cross, Casa Hogar, DIF, local clinics, community centers and the DIF Dialysis Unit. We supply wheel chairs, walkers medical supplies and dialysis supplies to these organizations.
The people living in the barrios need your help. Get involved in Rocky Point. Join the Santa Claus Club or one of the other organization that help. DO SOMETHING. These people live in cardboard and pallet houses with dirt floors. They have no services, no running water, no electricity, no jobs and no way to provide for their families.
If you would like to become part of our caring family trying to make a difference in the lives of the people in Rocky Point. Our dues are only $20.00 a year and 100% of your dues goes to the families we are trying to help. REMIT DUES TO JOHN FOWLER, P.O. BOX 5, LUKEVILLE, AZ. 85341. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY.
Finally, a special thank you to everyone that made 2013 and 2014 the special years that they were. Oh behalf of the people that benefit from your generosity MUCHAS GRACIAS.